Kislak Center
for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

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Detail of interior photograph of the Gilbert Luber Gallery (ca. 1980s), courtesy of Shirley Luber

Goldstein Family Gallery

Representing Modern Japan:
The Luber Collection of Art Books

March 16 - June 12, 2015

The Luber Collection is a multi-lingual selection of over 1,300 volumes on Japanese art, art history, and culture from the premodern period to the 1990s. A strength of this collection is its emphasis on 20th-century Japanese printing and other art forms. Representing Modern Japan focuses on books about contemporary Japanese printing and introduces various styles of hanga, or woodblock prints, spanning the 20th century. The exhibit also reflects the variety and breadth of the Luber Gallery's collecting and sales of 20th-century artists' prints. Visitors will encounter a range of individuals and techniques, as well as the Lubers' personal connections to those artists in the latter half of the 20th century. The Luber Collection of Art Books was presented to Penn Libraries in 2012. For more information.

Recent acquisition

The Papers of Ray Evans,
Hollywood Lyricist and Penn Alumnus

The papers of Ray Evans (Wharton class of 1936) were donated to the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts by the Ray and Wyn Ritchie Evans Foundation. Ray Evans is best known for producing with his songwriting partner Jay Livingston (Penn class of 1937) hit songs such as "Mona Lisa" (famously sung by Nat King Cole), "Que Sera Sera" (Doris Day), and the holiday favorite "Silver Bells" (made famous by Bing Crosby).

Among the treasures in the collection is the songster's diary, kept during the war years of 1939-1945. Written in pen on looseleaf notebook paper and bound by a small three ring binder, it may have been one of several diaries kept by Evans, but today it is the only one that survives.

Interactive Diary  Online Resource Guide  Images from the Collections